Grand bleu de Gascogne
Breeding group : Working
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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Agility, Competitive obedience, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 50-70 pounds Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 12 ÃÂ 15 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of dog of the scenthound type, originating in France and used for hunting in packs. Today's breed is the descendant of a very old type of large hunting dog, and is an important breed in the ancestry of many other hounds. They are known for their melodious voice and cold nose. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne's ancestors were contemporary with the St. Hubert Hounds, and were hunted in packs by the 14th century Comte de Foix on wolves, bears and boars. This type and breed are found in the ancestry all of the breeds of scenthound with "du midi" in their name. Although these are large dogs, "Grand" does not necessarily refer to the size of the dogs. "In most cases it is simply a label for a pack that is used for larger game". Today. the breed is used in hunting boar, deer, and other game. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a very large dog weighing 80-120 lbs
Their coat may be white with black speckles or patches, or black with tan markings. There are black patches on either side of the head, with a white area on top of the head which has in it a small black oval. Tan "eyebrow" marks are over each eye.
Short haired and dense.
The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is friendly and sociable, gentle, and independent. Its bark is loud, but fortunately it is infrequent. This dog gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets, provided early socialization has taken place. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is noted for its focus on the hunt as well as a good nose and distinctive sonorous, deep howl. The breed is "instinctively a pack hound."
Regular grooming with a brush is required.
If not pushed too hard, and if its independence is taken into account, this dog takes to training well.
This breed needs to go on long walks, but bear in mind that will run off and not heed your calls if it catches a hint of wild game. This breed is not recommended for apartment life.